Turkey has begun retaliatory strikes against PKK targets in northern Syria. The media is treading carefully on the reporting. However, it’s clear that Turkey struck a military base in occupied Syria.
One of the many military bases the US shares with it’s PKK counterparts
A Turkish drone strike hit a base in northeast Syria used jointly by Kurdish forces and the U.S.-led coalition on Tuesday
“A joint base north of Hasakeh used for planning and executing joint operations against the Islamic State group (ISIS) has been hit by a Turkish drone,”
“No strikes occurred at locations housing U.S. personnel,” Centcom said.
Centcom spokesman Colonel Joe Buccino said that “we oppose any military action that destabilizes the situation in Syria.”
Unless those moves are initiated by the US. Supported by France, Israel, Canada, UK than the US is all in!
Since Turkey launched a new air campaign against Kurdish rebel groups across Iraq and Syria on Sunday — some of which are linked to militias on which the U.S. military has relied heavily as allies
Yes, the US allied with the PKK. Readers at my censored blog have been aware of this for years and years.
“We urge de-escalation in Syria to protect civilian life and support the common goal of defeating ISIS,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said late Monday.
Considering the ethnic cleansing the US supported in Syria, it cannot be accepted as reality that the concern is with civilian life. This is spin, pure and simple.
Of course Turkey is aware.
Reminds me of an old report from my censored blog. It featured a bowl of alphabet soup and an allusion to the fact that the US swirls the soup and comes up with a new letter configuration for their terror proxies
Turkey’s neighbor Iran has also stepped-up attacks on Kurdish groups based just across its southern border, in Iraq. Iran launched new cross-border missile and drone strikes on Tuesday against Iranian-Kurdish opposition groups based in northern Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region.
Tehran has accused the separatist groups of stoking the unprecedented wave of anti-government protests sweeping across the Islamic Republic. Iran has been shaken by more than two months of civil unrest sparked by the death of Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, 22, after her arrest for allegedly breaching Iran’s strict dress code for women.
Though I’d not written about this recent “uprising” my understanding was the riots in Iran were the work of the Kurdish groups. Undoubtedly in partnership with the western backed MEK. Birds of a feather flock together.
The piece below is written by an individual who is very pro-Israel so it has a very specific slant. Israel and PKK are allied. That much has been obvious for a very long time.
“Turkey and Iran have carried out attacks against Kurdish areas of Syria and Iraq,”
In the case of Syria the north east became a “Kurdish area” after a mass ethnic cleansing of Syria’s Arab Muslim/Christian population and a relocation of PKK assets to the area- Most of them originally coming from Turkey, some from Iraq.
Turkey claimed its attacks were in response to “terrorism,”.
Iran has claimed that its attacks are designed to counter Kurdish groups that back protests in the country.
Because Russia works closely with Turkey, and Ankara is doing outreach to the Syrian regime, it appears that the airspace along the border is open to Turkey’s attacks
Ankara shifted the Syrian rebels to get them to fight Kurds, while it does outreach to Damascus, hoping to shift the remaining rebels to fighting in areas of eastern Syria.
White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk ( Lawrence of Kurdistan) said that the US “wants to make sure that nothing is done to further destabilize that very difficult situation in northeast Syria.”
I’d like to see that meeting take place!
Regarding the ongoing normalization process with Egypt and a possible diplomatic normalization between Türkiye and the Bashar Assad regime in Syria, Erdoğan said that Türkiye can reconsider its relations with the countries it has trouble with. “There is no eternal resentment or quarreling in politics. When the time comes, you sit down, evaluate it, and you can make a renewal accordingly. At the moment, as Türkiye, we can reconsider relations with countries with which we have difficulties in these matters. Especially after the June election, we can do it all over again. And accordingly, I hope we can continue on our way.” Erdoğan previously said he could meet with Assad when the right time comes, reinforcing tentative recent steps to restore ties between the two sides in its southern neighbor’s war.
Russia, Iran, Turkey denounce attempts at creating new reality in northeastern Syria by force
ASTANA. Nov 23 (Interfax) – The Astana format guarantors have discussed the situation in northeastern Syria and denounced the attempts at creating new reality by force in that region in a joint statement made by Iran, Russia and Turkey at the 19th international meeting on Syria in Astana.
Despite the myriad of claims that Turkey will launch a ground invasion into Syria it seems unlikely. I could be mistaken of course, but, there is a paucity of convincing reports that would have me draw such a conclusion at this time. The Russian stance either way has no bearing on Turkey’s decision. Same as Turkey’s stance had no bearing on the Russian decision to enter Ukraine.
So why include the article below?
It’s from Reuters so it’s going to misdirect readers/headline skimmers. What I find relevant is included below
Lavrentyev said the United States was following a “destructive” course in northeastern Syria,.
Russia, Turkey and Iran pledged in a joint statement after the talks to further resist “separatist plans aimed at undermining Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and threatening the national security of neighbouring countries, including through cross-border attacks and infiltration”.
As I’ve already mentioned. Russia will suggest diplomacy but they understand and respect Turkish concerns.